5 Quick Tips to Healthy Eating

Have you noticed how many bites there are about what to eat, how much to eat, what not to eat…the list goes on.  You can get these quick tips everywhere. Here are some tips that approach healthy easting in a different way – from a holistic point of view.

  1. You have probably heard this over and over again…drink more water; not tea, coffee, sodas but water! What you may not have heard is that drinking water that is at room temperature with the juice of half to one full lemon first thing in the morning is a very good start to your day. For more on the benefits of this tip, check out this article published in the Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/17/lemon-water-benefits_n_4980265.html
  2. Coffee…good or bad. Both. It all depends on your genetic makeup. People with a specific genetic makeup are better able to digest caffeine better than those without the specific genetic traits. Therefore, if you feel the effects of caffeine after only one cup…then drink only one cup. If you can drink several cups before you feel the caffeine “buzz”, then go for it.
  3. Eat from the colours of the rainbow. You have seen the Canada Food Guide but do you follow it? Do you know what you should eat to get all of your nutrients without resorting to taking supplements?  A quick rule of thumb…eat from the colours of the rainbow.  Vary the colour of the fruit and vegetables that you purchase and eat; add a little meat, some bread, a slice of cheese and you are well on your way to healthy eating.
  4. Alcohol is termed at “empty calories”. This means that your body is absorbing sugar from the alcohol but alcohol has no nutrients that the body needs. Quick strategies to still enjoy alcohol and yet take in less empty calories include drinking light beer, put ice and let it melt so that it dilutes straight liquor, drink wine spritzers.
  5. Get enough sleep. Insufficient sleep can lead to a significant increase in the desire (not need) for food. Lack of sleep affects the brain in ways that make it incapable of evaluating whether or not you are hungry.  Even worse, lack of sleep means that you may have a tendency to crave high-calorie foods. A good night’s rest may actually help with weight loss…who knew?